Dare to Dream

14, 16 & 18 May 2019

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55days
16hours
33min
47sec

Until the Grand Final

55days
16hours
33min
47sec

Until the Grand Final

Melodifestivalen's final line-up complete in Sweden

The Melodifestivalen tour went from Lidköping to Nyköping this week, where eight participants had a second chance to reach the final of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. They competed in duels for the four remaining spots in the final (winners in bold): Andreas Johnson vs Anna Bergendahl, Vlad Reiser vs Nano, Martin Stenmarck vs Lisa Ajax and Rebecka Karlsson vs Arvingarna. Next Saturday 9th March, the Melodifestivalen final takes place at Friend's Arena in Stockholm with the following running order: 1. Jon Henrik Fjällgren, 2. Lisa Ajax, 3. Mohombi, 4. Lina Hedlund, 5. Bishara, 6. Anna Bergendahl, 7. Nano, 8. Hanna Ferm & Liamoo, 9. Malou Pritz, 10. John Lundvik, 11. Wiktoria, 12 Arvingarna.

Last finalists chosen in Portugal's 'Festival da Canção'

The Portuguese Festival da Canção held its second and last semi-final in Lisbon today hosted by Jorge Gabriel and José Carlos Malato. There were eight more songs in contention for the remaining four places in the final and, once again, the decision fell in the votes of the expert panel and televoting in a 50/50 combination. The four qualifiers are NBC with the song Igual a Ti, Surma and Pugna, Madrepaz with Mundo a mudar and Mariana Bragada with Mar doce. The Portuguese final will take place in Portimão next Saturday 2nd of March.

Bishara and John Lundvik to the Swedish final!

This week's Melodifestivalen tour took us to Lidköping, where the final eight participants of the Swedish national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest were presented to the audience for the first time. Two of them qualified for the final thanks to the public vote: John Lundvik with Too Late For Love and Bishara with On My Own. It's Lundvik's second time in a row to qualify directly for the final. Two more songs made their way to Andra Chansen; the second-chance round: Torn with Lisa Ajax and I Do performed by Arvingarna. Next Saturday in Nyköping they will compete in duels for the four remaining spots in the final: Andreas Johnson vs Anna Bergendahl, Vlad Reiser vs Nano, Martin Stenmarck vs Lisa Ajax and Rebecka Karlsson vs Arvingarna.

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'Festival da Canção' gets underway in Portugal

The 51st Festival da Canção kicked off in Portugal today with the first of two semi-finals held at RTP's studios in Lisbon, hosted by Sónia Araújo and Tânia Ribas de Oliveira. Eight songs competed for four available places in the final, the decision being taken by a combination of votes from an expert jury panel and televoting from the viewers. The qualifiers are Matay with the song Perfeito, Conan Osíris and his Telemóveis, Calema's A dois and Ana Cláudia with Inércia. The final will take place in Portimão on the 2nd of March.

Three more acts through to final of Iceland's national selection

Söngvakeppnin 2019, Iceland's national selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, held its second and last semi-final in Reykjavik today. Five artists performed in the second live show, from which the TV viewers chose their two favourites: Friðrik Ómar, one half of Euroband, who represented Iceland in 2008, and Tara Mobee. The contest’s selection commission reserved the right to give one of the eliminated songs a wildcard for the final on the 2nd of March, and they gave it to Kristina Skoubo Bærendsen. Read more about Söngvakeppnin 2019 here.

Sweden picks Jon Henrik Fjällgren and Lina Hedlund for their final

Sweden's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, Melodifestivalen 2019, keeps touring the country. And this week's third semi-final marked a very special occasion, as it was the 100th live broadcast since SVT started the Melodifestivalen tour back in 2002. This time the stop was in Leksand where two more songs captured the viewers votes to reach the final: Jon Henrik Fjällgren with Norrsken and Lina Hedlund with Victorious. It's Jon Henrik's third time to qualify for the final after his 2015 and 2017 attempts and Lina's first solo qualifier since her entries with Alcazar. Two further entries made their way to Andra Chansen; the second-chance round: Martin Stenmarck, who represented Sweden in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest with Las Vegas, and Rebecka Karlsson. Next Saturday, the fourth, and last, semi-final will take place in Lidköping, where the remaining seven acts will compete to reach the final in Stockholm on the 9th of March.

Dare to Dream

This year's slogan and the theme artwork symbolise inclusion, diversity and unity, resonating with the core values of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Merchandise

For official merchandise, go to our Eurovision Shop. Consider yourself a die-hard fan? Discover the Eurovision Fan House collection!